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{October 26, 2011}   {Review} Dark Beauty by Tayrn Browning

From Goodreads: For fifteen-year-old Seeker, Isabelle Crowe, ridding the Houston streets of the undead is an inherited duty, passed down from her Cherokee ancestors. During her first night without her mentor, she encounters Abram, a more experienced Seeker from Chicago looking to avenge his cousin’s death. Isabelle quickly learns she must work with Abram to protect her city. With one Seeker already dead, Isabelle’s love of the hunt becomes a fight to survive.

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Browning has created a very unique, interesting vampire tale, complete with both traditional vampires, and what Isabelle refers to as the Daychildren, those that can walk in the sunlight and are stronger and faster than anything Isabelle, or her mentor, have ever come up against.  I especially enjoyed the fast-paced nature of this short prequel to Dark Seeker, as it ropes the reader in and gives some great background knowledge concerning the Daychildren and the Seekers’ never-ending job in ridding the world of such evil. 

I thought Isabelle and Abram were a very interesting juxtaposition of character, one cool and collected, one angry and looking for a fight.  Though their personal backgrounds are only briefly touched upon, Browning peaks the readers interest by alluding to the special makeup of the Seekers, one in which they continually recycle their ages, between 15-18, and must move to different cities every four years as to not be noticed.  While the reader isn’t given much more information concerning the age changes or how the Seekers originally came to be, enough is given to whet the reader’s appetite, especially through the many action scenes in which Isabelle and Abram work together to rid their city of vampires.  I am looking forward to continuing the series with the first book, Dark Seeker, which recently released on September 27th, especially as it introduces new characters, and hopefully re-introduces Isabelle and Abram.  Four stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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